Newcomer to fireplace brand landscape undergoes extensive overhaul
Travis Industries in Kirkland , WA bought the rights to an uninteresting EPA-tested wood fireplace in 1992, and in the intervening years have tweaked its design and function to include several new models and styles. Fireplace Xtrordinair was officially born when Travis bought that original model, and now the brand has spun off into six wood fireplace lines and 32 gas fireplaces. Wood fireplace and wood insert lines are labeled Classic Arch and Artisan, while gas fireplace and gas insert lines are segmented into Classic Arch, Metropolitan, Artisan, Architectural, Bed & Breakfast, Custom Builder and Revolution.
Fireplace Xtrordinair boasts many new advances in fireplace safety and efficiency, and on the whole its products are received well by consumers. In fact, its "Ember Fyre" gas burner won an award in 2001 by Popular Science magazine as one of the best 100 new ideas—for its ability to mimic real fire color and flicker.
One of the best reviewed fireplaces in the Fireplace Xtrordinair repertoire is the 36 Elite wood-burning model. Consumer comments and some facts and figures pertaining to the 36 Elite are below.
Model 36 Elite Fireplace
Advantages : Great heat output; good looking unit; efficient and quiet.
Disadvantages : Glass gets dirty easily; no ash drawer; burns more wood than advertised
Features and Options : Gold, black or artisan face; double or single doors; optional summer fan switch; optional temp meter; optional electrical extension; 10 hour maximum burn; 24" wood; 10,300 to 66,000 BTU/Hr heat output.
Another well reviewed Fireplace Xtrordinair model is the 44 Elite wood-burning unit . Input from consumers and some relevant information about this model follows below.
Model 44 Elite Fireplace
Advantages : Outstanding heat output; Posi-pressure system works well; classic good looks; good sized firebox; takes up to 24" wood pieces.
Disadvantages : Uses a lot of wood; Door gets extremely dirty; burn rates not as advertised; cold air comes down chimney at times.
Features and Options : Gold, black or artisan face; double or single doors; optional summer fan switch; optional temp meter and electrical extension; Heat capacity up to 3,000 square feet; 10 hour maximum burn; 32" wood; 10,700 to 76,700 BTU/Hr heat output.
Fireplace Xtrordinair fireplaces are available at select dealers in the U.S. Its models are all backed by limited seven-year warranty on parts and labor.